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The neoclassical sink and the heterodox spiral: political divides and lines of communication in economics

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  • Gary A. Dymski

    (University of Leeds)

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A crisis that started as a textbook case of how financial and asset markets can spin out of control without adequate public oversight has transmuted in 5 years into a crisis of irresponsible sovereigns, such that restoring prosperity requires that governments re-establish control over their own excessive spending. How did this happen? This paper explains the recovery of position by pro-market, restricted-government proponents in economics on the basis of political divides and segmented lines of communication within the academic economics profession. These political divides involve a double invisibilization of power within economics: an invisibilization both of the political purposes served by a profession whose leading models deny the relevance of social and political power, and of the ideational barriers to entry into ‘mainstream’ departments. The argument is motivated and illustrated by the cases of the subprime and the eurozone crises.

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Article provided by Edward Elgar in its journal Review of Keynesian Economics.

Volume (Year): 2 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-19

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Handle: RePEc:elg:rokejn:v:2:y:2014:i:1:p1-19

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Keywords: eurozone crisis; subprime crisis; neoclassical and heterodox approaches to economics; power; political divide;

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